A student who suffers from a rare illness has launched a bid to raise £20,000 to help her win her fight.
Leanne Garner-Jones, 20, suffers from Chylous Astities, a condition characterised by an abnormal build up of fluid in the abdomen.
The condition affects only one in 20,000 people and Miss Garner-Jones regularly undergoes operations to clear her body of dangerous liquid.
Doctors have told the Salford University student, from Norbreck Road, Anchorsholme, she has to be fitted with an electronic device inside her body which will routinely pump the fluid out of her system.
But Leanne is keen to raise the money for the lifesaving equipment herself and alleviate some of the funding pressures on the NHS.She said: “It’s awful and painful and doctors keep saying the fluid will come back if this isn’t done.
“I already have to go into hospital every two or three weeks to have fluid pumped out of my stomach.
“I’m really fed up with it and I can’t plan any of my life because of this.”
Leanne was forced to drop out of her social work degree course after being diagnosed with the illness in January 2012, but plans to put it all behind her after fund-raising enough money to pay for the operation through a range of community events.
She said: “This is for me so I want to fund it myself.
“The condition causes a lot of problems like hernias and I’ve had complications.
“I’ve thought about doing collections in the street and want to raise awareness about the illness.”
She now hopes to organise a number of fund-raising events in coming weeks.